Immersive Experience: THE BLUE BLADE (Director’s Cut)

It’s a cold, rainy evening, and I have found myself back in Los Angeles for a night of time-traveling in hopes of locating a precious artifact, The Blue Blade. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because back in October we reviewed this show, but they have since remounted their experience with an all-new Director’s Cut which promised a number of exciting new changes.

For those not familiar with THE BLUE BLADE, it’s an Indiana Jones meets Blade Runner-style adventure that invites guests into a world left erratic since the disappearance of the rare artifact, The Blue Blade. Once held by The Safeguard Society, an elite group of historians, the sacred blade was stolen by Professor Evelyn Lowell… one of their own. The fate of time and space hang in the balance as Evelyn and the blade slip further away. As a sign of desperation, The Safeguard Society looks to you and your friends – their most promising initiates – to track down Evelyn and The Blue Blade. Rumored to be underground and protected by a strange cult, Evelyn’s disappearance has created more questions than answers and it’s now up to those selected to play their part in locating the artifact before it’s too late (as per the press release).

Photo Credit: Will Shivers

Having gone through this experience back in October (you can read my review here), I felt it best to focus on the aspects that have changed. Most notably the ending is the biggest difference from the previous iteration of THE BLUE BLADE. What I really enjoyed most about this ending was how well it tied everything together. In the previous show, I felt like there were loose ends that needed a bit more explaining whereas this time everything came full circle. I won’t give away the importance of why this is, but if you’ve already attended the earlier adaptation of THE BLUE BLADE don’t be hesitant about going back because you will get to experience a brand new ending that helps in elevating the entire show. Funny enough, my takeaway from this show was that though the ending was definitely fine-tuned, and answered all my questions, there was still a hint of intrigue that made it feel like the story may not be over quite yet…

Outside of the ending, THE BLUE BLADE still has quite a few changes that allow for replayability. For example, there’s a certain scene, my favorite scene in fact, that gives guests the chance to go down one of two paths. Having already done one path, I was able to explore what the second one had to offer, and though it ended in hilarity (and some pain – at the fault of my own) it was incredible to see how in-depth and detailed both of these paths were regardless of which one is chosen. Furthermore, the narrative is so thorough and developed that each experience offers a new insight that may have been missed the first time around. Since you are traveling through so many time periods, going again allows participants the chance to really take in the details of the design and surroundings as you are transported from 1940’s Germany to Mayan civilization and present day. It can be overwhelming the first time you go through, but upon repeat experiences, the immersion into these worlds feels much more tangible.

In all, I urge everyone who has ever been curious about Delusion’s shows to experience THE BLUE BLADE. This show is truly the best of both worlds as it includes elements of horror and surprises that so many of us have come to love while also being accessible to those who are new to immersive theatre and are looking for something that isn’t solely just horror based. As the description above states, THE BLUE BLADE is as if Indiana Jones became entangled with Blade Runner, making this an experience that is unlike any theatrical performances out there. THE BLUE BLADE will be taking place from now until June 30, 2019, and tickets can be purchased HERE. Tickets are sure to go fast, so make sure you get them now before they sell out!

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